The Fuel for Mininistry
The Lord has been working hard on my soul as I have meditated on these two verses this semester: Romans 8:32 "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?"
James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
Nearsightedness will choke the life out of a ministry. This means that if I look at my circumstances---support to raise, sin struggles, spiritual apathy among guys I relate to---it will kill me spiritually. I have to constantly look up to our blessed hope. I will spend eternity with the Father, the Creator and giver of every good gift. Jonathan Edwards said it far better than I ever will:
God is the highest good of the reasonable creature, and the enjoyment of him is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows. But the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.
This fixation upon the cross and eternal life is how we can live a life that is worth more than all the money or success we could chase. Romans 5 promises that our hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Good news is an understatement. All the things I look forward to disappoint. They do not live up to expectations, but this hope will far exceed my measly expectations.
~ Andrew Hawkins